World Health Organization Likens Covid-19 Pandemic to 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’

Director General Ghebreyesus stressed the dangers posed by the virus, conceded that the worst is yet to come, but stressed that we need to believe that fighting the disease is possible.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), yesterday likened the Covid-19 pandemic to the so-called "Spanish flu" that killed 100 million people a century ago but said that a similar "catastrophe" could be prevented.

Speaking at a press conference at the organization's headquarters in Geneva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus referred to the Covid-19 epidemic as "public enemy number one," which combines the potential for contagion of the flu with the mortality of MERS and SARS (acute respiratory syndromes also caused by coronaviruses) epidemics.

It is a "very dangerous combination . . .

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